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Full Postal AddressBlack Horse Inn, Naunton, CHELTENHAM, GL54 3AD [Map]
Telephone Number01451 850565Pub's Own Website 
Opening Times11-15, 18-23 MO-SA; 11-23 SA; 12-22:30 SU
FacilitiesAccommodation, Car Park, Evening Meals, Beer Garden, Lunchtime Meals, Quiet Bar, Campsite At / Near Pub

Me outside the Black Horse, June 2001

This was a real find this pub. I was looking for somewhere quiet to spend a weekend in the early summer, somewhere in the Cotswolds a little off the beaten track and this pub was certainly the perfect choice. The hedgerows were packed with wild flowers in between the lush grasses, the swallows and swifts were performing incredible acrobatic displays whilst a flock of sheep watched us with interest as we drove through a local ford. Anyhow, Naunton's village west of Bourton-on-the-Water and south-west of Stow-on-the-Wold just off the B4068. Naunton's a lovely little village with plenty of traditional cottages, and there's still space for the odd farmers field in between the houses giving the place an even more rural feel. The Warden's Way passes right by the pub, and the Windrush Way about a mile to the south. Many walkers on these routes stop off for refreshments at the pub.

Anyhow, the pub itself is of solid build, the old Cotswold stone walls are well worth a gentle pat as you wander in to the traditional bar. Proper flagstone flooring and a lovely oak bar along with a warming real fire in the winter add to the friendly atmosphere in this lovely country pub.

Before I go any further let me rave about the beer. The pub is owned by the small but perfectly formed Donnington brewery. The beers that the brewery produce are really quite out of this world. The BB (abv 3.6%) and SBA (abv 4.6%) are usually available in the pub and are without doubt some of the very finest real ales in the land if not the world. If I had a choice I'd go for the fruitier and maltier SBA though the hoppy aroma of the BB is very pleasant. The bar staff were very friendly and will offer advice on good places to walk, one of the barmen writes about walks too.

For the hungry, they have an excellent range of food on offer. You're welcome to consume your food either in the bar, the separate restaurant (once a snug) or outside. They also offer accommodation though if they’re full try Ralph and Pat Boult who offer good accommodation at Millview Guest House a couple of minutes walk away (head left when you exit the pub).

Me splashing down in the ford just south of Naunton, June 2001

Inns and Pubs of the Cotswolds,
M Turner, 2007
The Cotswolds are home to some of England's finest and much-loved historical inns and pubs. This A-Z covering Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire is a delightful tour around the most interesting pubs in the area.

Pocket Pub Walks Bristol and Bath,
N Vile, 2007
This is a pocket-size collection of fifteen circular walks each based on a local pub serving good food. It includes routes at Luckington, Stanton Drew, Norton St. Philip, Blagdon, Clevedon and Box Hill, with maps and photographs.

AA Pub Walks and Cycle Rides: The Cotswolds,
AA Publishing, 2005
This guide includes 25 walks and 15 cycle rides with colour photographs throughout showing sites, views and pubs along the route. A full colour map accompanies each walk and cycle and there is practical information such as distance, minimum time and level of difficulty to make sure you make the most of your family day out.

Pub Walks for Motorists: Bristol and Bath, Somerset and Glos.,
N Vile, 2005
This title provides 40 circular routes around this popular walking area, each based on a good local pub. It includes routes around the Quantocks, the Mendips, the Severn estuary and the Cotswolds.

Forty Classic Cotswolds Pubs: For Lovers of Good Pub Food and Ale,
GM Ball, 2005
Local pub guide.

Great Walks from Pubs in the Cotswolds,
N Vile, 1998
A collection of walks from great pubs in the Cotswolds.

Cotswold Pubwalks,
C Handy, 1995
Twenty short circular walks in the Cotswolds with suggested stops at good pubs.

Pub Walks in Gloucestershire,
N Hammond, 1994
Thirty circular walks based on pubs in the Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud and Cirencester areas. With sketch maps and photographs.

Best Pub Walks in the Cotswolds,
L Main, 1992
Excellent walks and pubs in this scenic area

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